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The message is clear: Michael Morse is a hot bat. Our Scott White has him pegged as his top sleeper as he tells you who to start and sit in Week 22. Full story
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1Mike Fiers, MIL, RP38
2Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP32
3Avisail Garcia, CHW, RF25
4Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP22
5Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC, SP21
6Jason Vargas, KC, SP13
7Norichika Aoki, KC, RF13
8Carl Crawford, LAD, LF13
9Kyle Hendricks, CHC, SP12
10Jake Peavy, SF, SP10
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1Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-27
2Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-18
3Carlos Gonzalez, COL, LF-17
4Charlie Morton, PIT, SP-14
5Troy Tulowitzki, COL, SS-13
6Carlos Beltran, NYY, DH-11
7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-10
8Jason Hammel, OAK, SP-10
9Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP-10
10J.P. Arencibia, TEX, C-10
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Ryan Zimmerman to 'ramp up' throwing sessions
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:11 pm ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman will "ramp up" his throwing sessions, according to MLB.com.

Zimmerman threw for the first time Thursday, and did not report any issues with his hamstring Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was "on his way" back. Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to tearing his hamstring. 


A.J. Pollock to begin rehab again Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock will begin his rehab assignment again Tuesday, according to FoxSports.com.

Pollock will begin his assignment at Triple-A Reno. Pollock had been on a rehab assignment, but needed extra time after being hit on the same hand he broke earlier in the season. He's been out since May 31 with the injury.


Nick Punto not ready just yet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:13 pm ET) Athletics infielder Nick Punto is not ready for baseball activities yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Punto is dealing with a hamstring injury, and hasn't come along as quickly as expected. He's been out since August 2 due to the issue. Punto is hitting .207 over 179 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks to have MRI Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks will have an MRI on his feet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Blanks said both his feet have started bothering him on his rehab assignment. He's been sidelined since June 22 due to a calf injury. It doesn't look like he'll be able to join the major-league club any time soon.


Cory Luebke able to play catch
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(7:03 pm ET) Padres pitcher Cory Luebke started a throwing program Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Luebke is recovering after his second Tommy John surgery. His throwing schedule has been slightly altered this time around. Luebke will take more time between throwing sessions. There's still no timetable for his return. 


Hitters to sit in Week 22
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:45 pm ET) So you're thinking of starting Mike Zunino, Allen Craig, Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, Brock Holt or Josh Hamilton in Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? That may not be such a great idea.

Check out the latest Start and Sit Hitters to find out why.


Hitters to start in Week 22
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:44 pm ET) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? You may just find him in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Stephen Vogt, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Martin Prado, J.J Hardy and Michael Morse are all labeled "starts" for the upcoming scoring period, with several other sleeper suggestions sprinkled throughout.

Be sure to give it a look before setting your lineup.


Jed Lowrie not ready to throw or hit yet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:42 pm ET) Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie is not ready to throw or hit yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Lowrie did say his injured finger was getting better. He's hoping to begin throwing and hitting drills in a few days. Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 with a fractured finger. 


Marcus Semien could soon factor in Fantasy
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:40 pm ET) By trading Gordon Beckham to the Angels Thursday, the White Sox created a big hole up the middle that, for now at least, they'll attempt to fill with some combination of Carlos Sanchez and Leury Garcia. But neither figures to make as much of an impact long-term as Marcus Semien, who Fantasy owners may remember for the splash he made back in April and May filling in for an injured Beckham and then an injured Conor Gillaspie.

His final numbers didn't look so hot, but he showed his potential with a couple nice weeks. When the White Sox finally shipped him to Triple-A Charlotte, he slumped so badly that he fell off the radar for a while, but he's rebounded in July and August, batting .288 (51 for 177) with six homers and 14 doubles. Most encouraging is his exceptional on-base percentage during that time thanks to a 35-to-30 strikeout to walk ratio. His plate discipline put him on the map as a prospect last year but hasn't been as evident during his time in the big leagues so far.

So why isn't he up yet? Good question, but MLB.com has reported he will be when rosters expand in September. My guess is he gets most of the at-bats then, and with an Ian Kinsler-like combination of power and speed, I could see him making an impact in Fantasy.


Hyun-Jin Ryu tosses another bullpen session Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:35 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed another bullpen session Friday, according to MLB.com.

Ryu has been sidelined with a glute injury since August 13. He also threw from the bullpen mound Thursday. Ryu has a 3.28 ERA over 137 1/3 innings.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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